(Stern Ken) Ken Stern is a nationally-recognized expert in media and in nonprofit management. Stern led National Public Radio from 1999 to 2008, first as Chief Operating Officer and then as its Chief Executive Officer. Stern is now CEO of Palisades Media Ventures, an innovative provider of news and public affairs multimedia content. His new book, Republican Like Me: How I Left the Liberal Bubble and Learned to Love the Right (Harper), explores what happened when the former CEO of NPR set out for conservative America to find out why these people are so wrong about everything and found out they weren’t. Ken Stern watched the increasing polarization of our country with growing concern. As a longtime partisan Democrat himself, he felt forced to acknowledge that his own views were too parochial, too absent of any exposure to the “other side.” So for one year, he crossed the aisle to spend time listening, talking, and praying with Republicans of all stripes. Republican Like Me reveals what led him to change his mind, and his view of an increasingly polarized America.